Today we have an interview with a Lawyer, who also happens to be my mum! Hopefully this interview helps you if you are looking to pursue law as a career, or if you are here because you fancied finding out a bit more about what it’s like to be a lawyer, then I hope you enjoy.
Clare started her Law career in 1987 in Chichester, West Sussex at the age of 21.
How did you become a Lawyer?
By accident! I was going to pursue a career in music and I went for a job as a receptionist at a Law firm. I didn’t get offered the job, but they asked me if I had ever thought about being a Lawyer. I said no. They then asked me if I would consider being a Lawyer, and I said yes. It progressed from there really. I did a Law A-Level andstarted as a trainee legal executive.
What was the pay when you started as a Trainee legal Exec?
£3000 per annum!!
Which area of Law did you go in to?
You train in all areas, and it very quickly became apparent that I was rubbish at conveyancing. I did a lot of debt collection, re-possession of properties for all the building societies, as it was then Abbey National and Halifax. Then when I studied family and matrimonial, I found it really interesting so I asked if I could specialize in that area and have done ever since 1990.
Do you find it hard to leave work at work and not bring it home?
Yeah, sometimes certain cases linger in your head.
Does your job make you have less faith in humanity?
Interesting question. No, I don’t think it does. It does show you some awful sides of humanity, but it also shows you some wonderful sides of people. Their is a lot of compassion in family lawyers.
If you had to change career right now, and do anything, what would it be?
I would write music for films.
Advice for someone who wishes to go into law?
Go to the public galleries of the Crown court and watch some cases to see how you find it. Gain as much work experience in law firms, in order to find the area of law which interests you the most.
Okay, I have some ‘this or that’ questions…
Love or Happiness?
Night in or Night out?
Indian food or Chinese food?
Early bird or Night owl?
Champagne of Cocktails?
TV or Film?
Thank you Clare!
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